Pres. Obama's equivocation invites more terror....
Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer solidly slams (9:15) President Obama's stomach-turning equivocation, noting that Americans would never tolerate same after terror attacks here. Nor, BTW, did The One equivocate after June's killing of young Arabs by Israeli Jewish terrorists. He demanded a quick, thorough investigation--this coming from an administration that has elevated stonewalling investigations into an art form.
Ironically (h/t Evelyn Gordon at Commentary Blog) a statement showing far greater moral clarity came from the foreign minister of Bahrain:
The most surprising response to yesterday’s deadly attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue came from the Bahraini foreign minister. “It is forbidden to react to the crimes of the Israeli occupation against our brothers in Palestine by killing innocents in a house of prayer,” Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa reportedly wrote on his Arabic-language Twitter feed. “Those who will pay the price for the crime of killing innocents in a Jewish synagogue and for welcoming the crime are the Palestinian people.”
For a senior Arab official to publicly condemn the killing of Jews by Muslims at all–much less with such moral clarity, devoid of any attempt to create a false equivalence to Israeli “crimes–is so unusual that it cries out for explanation. And the most likely explanation lies in the violence that has swept the Middle East in recent years. In a world where Muslim innocents are being killed in houses of prayer on a regular basis by fellow Muslims, mosques in Israel and the West Bank–including Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque–remain among the safest places in the Mideast for Muslims to pray. And the Arab world’s pragmatic axis, of which Bahrain is part, has no interest in seeing that change.
Jonathan Schanzer sees the city emerging as the epicenter" of Arab resistance after the spate of lethal attacks. At Commentary Blog Jonathan Tobin explains how Palestinian nationalism lies at the root of barriers to making peace:
In order to understand the current spate of murders of Jews by Palestinians and why so many took to the streets of Gaza and West Bank cities to celebrate the bloody attack on Jews at prayer yesterday, we have to leave aside the clichés about cycles of violence and even-handed blame assessment and come face to face with the reality of Palestinian nationalism. From its inception early in the 20th century, Palestinian national identity has been inextricably linked to a war against Zionism and the growing Jewish presence in the country. Zionist leaders initially hoped the conflict could be solved through economic cooperation and then embraced territorial compromise as the panacea. But no solution has worked because the real focus of the dispute isn’t about land or a division of economic benefits but something far more fundamental that isn’t, as the Times said, “negotiable.”
Palestinians celebrated this latest horror, as they have been lauding every other recent terror attack and all those that preceded it throughout the last few decades. They did so not because Israel has failed to restrain Jewish extremists (it has done so) but because the basic elements of the conflict are not about details such as where Jews may or may not live in Jerusalem or where they may pray. Removing the hundreds of thousands of Jews who live in those parts of the city that Jordan illegally occupied between 1949 and 1967—“East Jerusalem”—won’t end the conflict any more than previous Israeli retreats or the several Israeli offers of statehood and independence for the Palestinians (that would have given them not only almost all the West Bank but a large share of Jerusalem) satisfied Palestinian opinion or its leadership.
Once you understand that, it’s easy to see that the obstacle to peace isn’t specific Israeli policies but the Jewish refusal to be evicted from their ancient homeland or to defend their hold on it. Indeed, rather than trying to interpret Palestinian extremism through the contemporary prism of the spread of ISIS-like fundamentalism, the current violence is better understood as just the latest iteration of the same virus of intolerance that has fueled the war on Israel for many decades.
At the heart of confusion among American policymakers spanning the past 47 years is failure to grasp the existential nature of the conflict, eloquently captured by PJM's Roger Simon:
The hate culture of the Palestinians — and almost all Arabs — is so deeply imbued it’s hard to imagine it ever changing. After this recent incident, they danced in the street with hatchets and gave each other candy.
Lots of people have tried to make peace with them. The supposed war-monger Ariel Sharon uprooted his own people and gave the Palestinians Gaza. We all know what happened. Then prime minister Ehud Olmert offered the Palestinians the peace deal of the century. They walked away.
The reason is obvious. The Palestinians don’t want a two-state solution and never have. And not just Hamas with their infamous charter urging the death of all Jews, even Jewish trees (whatever that means) — all of them. Well, not absolutely all. There must be one or two somewhere who really want to share the land with the Jews. I just don’t know who they are. Nobody does....
Besides the failure, since 1948, to even recognize the existence of a Jewish state on any territory, one of the more revealing aspects of the putative peace negotiations is that the Palestinians [sic] have always refused to have a single Jew living on their land once they have a state, while there are some million and a half Palestinians [sic] already living in Israel. Palestine must be judenrein — Hitler’s dream realized.
SO: whither peace talks? Nowhere, despite all efforts of Team Obama to bring about the latest surrender of land by Israel in return for promises Palestinians will dishonor the day after signing any accord.
Proposals for a one-state solution under Israeli rule have appeal, as Arabs inside Israel live far better than Palestinians under their own dictatorial, thuggish kleptocrats. But Palestinians would, it seems, rather wallow in Jew-hatred & oppositionism than pursue prosperity.
A the NY Post Seth Lipsky offers Jerusalem-related ideas Congress could pursue in 2015: defund US consulate in Jerusalem; pressure Jordan to allow Jewish prayer on Temple Mount; force ambassadors to pledge fealty to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. To which I'd add we should move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step delayed for about 20 years to propitiate Palestinians. The time for US diplomatic genuflection has passed.
Bottom Line. Expect more Palestinian terror, and possibly another open war between Israel & Palestinians, as Obama's fecklessness in undermining Israel's diplomatic position incites more Palestinian aggression.
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